Master of Science

Data Science for Business

This programme is designed to give you advanced expertise in the data science field combined with a broad business understanding. Get the knowledge and skills needed to create business value from data and pursue a career in data-driven organisations.

What will you learn?

Due to the digital revolution, data science has become a strategic necessity in virtually all areas of society, including business. However, data science alone cannot help us formulate and identify business-relevant questions and problems. For this purpose, sound business knowledge is crucial.

The programme is designed to give you a broad and solid understanding of theories and concepts central to business, such as risk management, optimisation, marketing, and sustainability. In this setting, you will learn how to efficiently organise data science workflows using a wide range of data types, such as time series and text, and code and operate machine learning tools ranging from simple linear and non-linear regression and classification models to deep learning.

This interdisciplinary programme is very quantitatively demanding and will challenge and enhance your technical and analytical skills, and improve your ability to propose, execute, and communicate analytical solutions to complex problems.

Research centre for the future of data science

The programme has been designed and is implemented in close connection with the programme’s industry partners, BI’s data science department, and Simula@BI.

Simula@BI is a research centre that focuses on applied and fundamental research in data science, with a special focus on application in the intersection between business and data science. The partnership between BI and Simula Research Laboratory aims at strengthening the link between statistical methodology and machine learning, and between algorithms and high-impact applications of particular relevance to society. By studying data science at BI you will build your degree on this knowledge and take advantage of our good industry connections.

Popular courses covered in this programme

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Supply chain illustration

Learn how to use and apply mathematical programming to solve complex supply chain optimisation problems.

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MArketing illustration

Understand fundamental marketing principles and gain theoretical and practical knowledge enabling you to create business value using causal experiments.

Analytical economy
Analytical economy

Understand key macroeconomic concepts and how numerical trend, cycle and signal extraction methods can be used to address important macroeconomic questions.

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Social media illustration

Understand basic machine learning methods, how exactly machines "learn" from data, and how they use the knowledge learned during training to solve tasks of interest.

Why choose this programme?

Engaging learning experiences and quality teaching are something we strive to provide, to help you build a solid skill and competency base, making you relevant for the future of work. In the video below, you will get the perspectives of our faculty, and the industry to understand the reasons for choosing to study an MSc in Data Science for Business at BI.

Why choose an MSc in Data Science for Business?

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Oslo's barcode

If you are considering a degree in the field of Data Science and Analytics, learn why you should choose to study at BI Norwegian Business School.

Jo Saakvitne
Jo Saakvitne

Is human intelligence threatened by digital intelligence? Or will human thinking power be required in the future?

Career Possibilities

With a Master of Science in Data Science for Business degree, you will have specialized training in data science combined with core business knowledge and skills, responding to growing industry demand and societal needs. Some examples of types of positions and roles that you could qualify for are data science positions within different industry areas, such as banking, consulting, insurance, technology, innovation and more. You could also contribute in different departments within companies, connecting data and programming to strategy decisions, workforce analytics, business innovation and intelligence etc.

Trying to decide which master programme is right for you? Take our Master Quiz to find your best match.

Customise your degree

As a master student at BI, you have several exciting opportunities that will contribute to varied and interesting student life, at the same time as you build relevant competence and gain an advantage in the job market by tailoring your degree.


Programme Structure

The academic year at BI is divided into two semester, one in the autumn and one in spring. There are exams at the end of each semester. This programme structure provides an overview of which courses you will be taking and when you will be taking them.

Please be aware that the study plan and courses can be subject to change.